Three Key Changes to the QLD Criminal Code relating to Child Sexual Offences Reform

Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 The Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 was assented to by Queensland Parliament on 14 September 2020.   This article will summarise three key changes to the Criminal Code which have arisen from this amending Act. Note … Read more

Legal privilege trumps police search warrant

Case Note: Commissioner of Police v Barbaro [2020] QCA 230 Lawyer – Client privilege was seen to constitute a ‘reasonable excuse’ for the refusal to comply with a valid police search warrant in the recent case of Commissioner of Police v Barbaro [2020] QCA 23. This case reinforces the importance of maintaining client privilege and … Read more

Case Note – University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216

The recent case of University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216 provides an insight into the prospects of contractual obligations of learning institutions for students who have since left or graduated. The implications of this decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal extends widely to learning, religious and incorporated bodies and prompts … Read more

Stealing, Robbery, Burglary: What is the difference?

I am sure you have seen the headlines that appear in the news every few days about a store being robbed, cars being stolen, or homes being broken into. Whilst these offences may overlap or share some common characteristics, stealing, robbery and burglary are different offences under the Queensland Criminal Code. This article explains the … Read more

America’s Got Talent and the Golden Thread

On Sunday morning, while scrolling along my social media newsfeed, I came across one of those inspirational, uplifting (and often yes, I concede, sappy) America’s Got Talent Audition videos.   This audition video centred around a 45 year old man African American man named Archie Williams who, in 1983 was incarcerated for the rape and murder of a 32-year-old woman in the State of Louisiana.    … Read more